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Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions

Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions | Conscious Leadership | Scoop.it

Mindfulness is practiced in board rooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. But just how much does it improve the quality of your decision-making?


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 2014 10:38 PM

Mindfulness does not improve bottom lines unless it improves the person practicing the practice and make for a better world. Mindfulness is compassionate and is directed towards a better world. Thinking about meditation is a key component; the opposite is premeditation. What does that bring up. For example, in School we calculate what is important in advance and write curricula. That calculation is premeditated and does not require being mindful and attentive to this particular child's needs. Chogyam Trungpa suggested the practice on the mat prepares us for the real practice in life.

Susan Bender Phelps's curator insight, July 30, 2014 11:05 PM

This article very elegantly outlines how important being mindful can be for corporate leaders. It is just as true for civic, political and non-profit leaders.

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Conscious Leadership – It's Not Just About the “Leaders”

Conscious Leadership – It's Not Just About the “Leaders” | Conscious Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership today, especially in the top levels of politics and government, is a hard place to be. As a society, we have become increasingly polarized – liberal vs. conservative, progressive vs. traditionalist.
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Great blog about what Conscious Leadership is largely about. It certainly is not just about the "leaders". All too often this is a convenient excuse that gets us off the hook from having to change our selves. So, how may your ways of thinking/acting/measuring etc actually be co-creating the problems that you see?

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Can Meditation Really Slow Ageing?

Can Meditation Really Slow Ageing? | Conscious Leadership | Scoop.it

Age-related conditions from osteoarthritis, diabetes and obesity to heart disease, Alzheimer’s and stroke have all been linked to short telomeres.

 

One of the most effective interventions, apparently capable of slowing the erosion of telomeres – and perhaps even lengthening them again – is meditation.

 

So far the studies are small, but they all tentatively point in the same direction. In one ambitious project, Blackburn and her colleagues sent participants to meditate at the Shambhala mountain retreat in northern Colorado. Those who completed a three-month course had 30 per cent higher levels of telomerase than a similar group on a waiting list. A pilot study of dementia caregivers, carried out with UCLA’s Irwin and published in 2013, found that volunteers who did an ancient chanting meditation called Kirtan Kriya, 12 minutes a day for eight weeks, had significantly higher telomerase activity than a control group who listened to relaxing music. And a collaboration with UCSF physician and self-help guru Dean Ornish, also published in 2013, found that men with low-risk prostate cancer who undertook comprehensive lifestyle changes, including meditation, kept their telomerase activity higher than similar men in a control group and had slightly longer telomeres after five years.

 

Theories differ as to how meditation might boost telomeres and telomerase, but most likely it reduces stress. The practice involves slow, regular breathing, which may relax us physically by calming the fight-or-flight response. It probably has a psychological stress-busting effect too. Being able to step back from negative or stressful thoughts may allow us to realise that these are not necessarily accurate reflections of reality but passing, ephemeral events. It also helps us to appreciate the present instead of continually worrying about the past or planning for the future.


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Google's 'Head of Mindfulness' Speaks Out

Google's 'Head of Mindfulness' Speaks Out | Conscious Leadership | Scoop.it
Chade-Meng Tan's job description would never get past most HR departments. As the head of mindfulness training at Google, his role is to enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace.
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"He suggests the other main reason is that employees often fall into the psychological trap of engaging in destructive behavior by acting out their unconscious judgments. "

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